Why Dingo listens to the call of the wildlife
BIRDS, koalas and even trees talk to Ernie Dingo. And no, he hasn’t gone mad. The Great Outdoors reporter believes most people would learn a lot about the natural world if they only took the time to notice the signs that animals and plants give them.
The rustling of trees, squawking of native birds and twitching of a mammal’s ears give subtle signs about the weather, lie of the land and the mood of the animal.
In fact, during our interview Dingo listens to the sounds of birds gathering in the nearby trees at Southbank and tells me with great self-assurance: ‘‘It’s going to rain in 20 minutes.’’ And dare I say it, he was right — almost to the minute.
By learning to read and respect nature’s signs, Dingo rarely needs a weather report and has never had a bad run-in with a wild animal in all his travels with The Great Outdoors.
Dingo’s knowledge hasn’t come from books or study but rather just from spending time in the Outback observing the land around him.
Though Dingo has had the luxury of being able to spend a lot of time in the wild with The Great Outdoors, he understands not everyone is so fortunate.
He says his new series, Outback Wildlife Rescue, will open city people’s eyes to the plight of our native animals from the comfort and security of their own lounge rooms.
‘‘I learned more by observing than I did asking questions,’’ he says. ‘‘People will learn so much from watching this program.
Filmed in and around Alice Springs, Darwin and north Queensland, Outback Wildlife Rescue follows the rangers and wildlife carers dedicated to saving and rehabilitating injured native birds and animals.
Dingo says these people are inspiring and should be hailed as heroes for their tireless work.
He says most native animals are injured as a direct result of human behaviour. Dingo says nature needs to be understood and respected.
‘‘We’re all God’s creatures, we all have a place in the choir,’’ he says.
‘‘I think it’s arrogant that people see a snake and just go whack, whack, whack . . . ‘oh, woops it’s only a python’.
‘‘They see a roo lying on the road and don’t stop.
‘‘They don’t think about the other animals that try to feed on that carcass and then get hit themselves.
‘‘Animals deserve a bit of respect.’’
we can learn a lot, Ernie Dingo says.